Monday, April 4, 2011

Bling Fest

It's been a while since I have done a daily bling post - been busy, busy, busy with my day job this winter and just exhausted at night. Such is life I suppose, and no real excuse, but for my loyal BBB readers craving some bling - this post's for you!

I thought I'd break down some of my favorite pieces for Spring - so check it!

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian Honey Hexagon Hoop Earrings

These Hexagon Hoops are the perfect compliment to any 70s inspired, wide legged denim look. Good job, Kim Kardashian, we are loving your Belle Noel jewelry line including these gorgeous simple hoops for only $20 at

House of Harlow 1960 Tribal Triangle Necklace in Turquoise
The original "celeb-socialite-jewelry designer", Nicole Richie, never disappoints with House of Harlow. Her aztec pieces for Spring/Summer 2011 feature a lot of turquoise and black - I'd wear this pendent on a fresh all white look.

BOW CUFF | Orange/Gold | 801

Two things I love? Bright colors and wrap bracelets you can pile up your wrist. This Tory Burch piece embodies both with a girly flair. Perfect for the office, Sunday brunch , a tennis match - whatever!


Did I mention I love neons? Tory Burch is certainly bringing the fun with this other lust-worthy piece from her Spring line. Bright pink, yellow and turqouise beading and rubber knot "charms" makes this necklace unique, fresh and a perfect bathing suit compliment!

Fashionably Yours,

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Shoe Trend: Espadrilles

It's no surprise with the resurgence of the 1970s trends for Spring, that Espadrilles are making a huge comeback. These perfect compliments to your wide leg jeans and draped maxi-dresses are a Spring/Summer 2011 must-have. A beachy, hippie compliment to any look.

DVF is making some of my favorite "drilles" (as I like to call them) for the season in variations of nudes and brights. Wear a bright pair of drilles with a neutral look or contrasting color and compliment a nude pair with an all white look. Check out all my favorite picks of the season below:

(From Left to Right Clockwise: Pour La Victoire, DVF, Rosegold, Madison Harding - all at ShopBop)

Fashionably Yours,


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scarf Lust

Girls, I have scarf lust. I often stop at the DKNY next to my office for lunch. And by lunch I mean actually picking up lunch. A little know midtown Manhattan fact is that the Madison Avenue DKNY store has an awesome salad and sandwich counter on the 2nd floor! Everything is healthy, fresh and yummy. The downside? The wait! Sometimes you have to wait up to 20 minutes for your lunch since its so crowded and everything is made fresh. While waiting they stream the Spring 2011 Fashion Show video behind the counter and a shop-a-holic like me is inevitably tempted. I think the real secret of their salads is the subliminal shopping message that they are feeding you!

Anyway, this LONG story is because I am officially obsessed with the scarfs as seen (over and over again as I wait) on the Spring 11 Spring runway and all through the store. I am specifically obsessed with their floral print scarf that comes in a rainbow of chic Spring variations - black, nude, turquoise and orange. There are about a billion ways you can wear it but my fave way is tied around the neck like a chocker - as seen on the runway of course.

NY Fashion Week: DKNY Spring 2011

I also love it around the neck hankerchef style. See below in parachute (the variation I think I need) ...

So with so many variations to wear (not to mention as a head wrap - totally would rock it on the beach that way) why wouldn't I scoop it right up? Its $95. For a scarf. Less than Hermes or Pucci for sure, but still seems pricey for DKNY. I feel my obsession will end up getting the best of me (esp. since the store is so conveniently located next to my work place) but my question for you is, is $100 too much for a trendy, one-season scarf?

Fashionably Yours,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Daily Bling - March 15, 2011

Seventies style is all the rage for Spring/Summer 2011 and I couldn't be more excited for this fresh (re)take on fashion. With so many seasons of neutrals, darks, and skinny 80s inspired jeans, I am excited for a brighter, more tailored take on Spring. That said, I can't shake my "rock chic" favorite look thats been such a staple the last few seasons which is why I love this "rock' take on a 70s classic style!

Today's Daily Bling, brought to you by Alice & Olivia, is the Sequin Hobo bag. And whats more 70s than a hobo and glitter? I'm picturing this oversized, extra long hobo with a flared pair of high-waisted jeans, and a bright pink silk blouse. Layer on some silver bangles and add some platform open toe-pumps and you've got your self the perfect Spring-to-Winter transition look!

You can scoop up the Alice & Olivia Sequin Hobo on Shopbop! Its currently on-sale for just under $350.

Fashionably Yours,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Red Carpet to Real Life: Mila Kunis Oscar 2011

If you are looking for an ultra-feminine, pretty look that has just a hint of sex appeal, take inspiration from the gorgeous Mila Kunis in Elie Saab at this year's Oscars. Mila wore a lace and chiffon gown that was all about playing up the female charms. The lavender color was refreshing and effortless on the red carpet and simple dazzling details - an earring and single bangle - pulled it all together. A python clutch brought a modern, young vibe to the overall classy look.

To get this look for an event this Spring (thinking a beach wedding, bridal/baby shower or graduation), look for a dress in an effortless chiffon or lace fabric - the thiner and softer the material the better! This dress should let you wear it, rather than it wearing you - get what I'm saying? We like this J. Crew chiffon tiered dress - the color is just right and the chiffon has a light and airy quality. The low v-neck line and empire-like waist also mimics Mila's silloutte in an appropriate way!

Accessorize with crystal jewelry that has a feminine and heirloom quality and add just a touch of python for the edge - we love these "dressy" flip flops and crystal jewelry from Banana Republic!

Lovely in Lavender Breakdown:
- J. Crew Bridal Chiffon Sadie Dress in Soft Lavender
- Banana Republic Jewelry
- Banana Republic Markie Stitched Thong Sandal

Fashionably Yours,

Monday, February 28, 2011

Red Carpet to Real Life: Mandy Moore

It's no doubt the Oscar looks set trends for the season but how many real woman actually get to wear a ball gown in their daily lives? (besides for the random black tie wedding every year or so...) That said, I wanted to start a new series on BBB that will help you translate the top trends from the red carpet to your real life.

I'm deconstructing my favorite looks from the Oscars and showing you how to translate these looks into daily life looks for Spring.

In the first "edition" of runway to real life I'm breaking down one of my top three looks at the Oscar's - Mandy Moore in Monique Lhullier - and showing you how to get the look with J. Crew's new Spring line!

Mandy's look was all about modern vintage. Taking timeless sillouttes from the late 50s/60s and updating them with sparkle and glamour! To get this look we recommend looking for timeless casual wear items - a skinny cropped khaki (ala Audrey Hepburn), ballet flats and a feminine crew neck tee. The bling comes in with this shimmering "metallic gold" top, oversized crystal earrings and a pave and gold open link bracelet. Metallic flats bring a little more dazzle to the overall look.

The Breakdown:
All Available at

- Shimmerveil Tee in Light Bronze

- Classic Cafe Capri Pant in British Khaki

- Twisted Flower Button Earrings

- Mini Pave Link Bracelet

- Lula Jacquered Ballet Flats in Gold

Fashionably Yours,


Oscar Fashion Round-Up

What did you guys think of last night's Oscars? As much as I love Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the show was a giant snooze! The Oscar broadcast is usually not the most exciting in general, but something was really lacking this year. Maybe it was the lack of production numbers Or the fact that James Franco looked like I had no idea what he was doing up there? Either way, I found it hard to get through.

On the the fashion note, I think there were some hits and some misses. I don't think that "Hollywood Glamour" you expect from the Oscar red carpet was really brought this year, although nobody really looked terrible. My biggest disappointment was the lack of jewelry. No statement necklaces, small little earrings and just a bangle or two was pretty much it. So sad for a jewelry lover like me!

Okay, so on to my picks. Pastel's ruled the carpet (do we spot a trend for Spring?) and we are absolutely loving them!

1) Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Mila Kunis Elie Saab  2011 Academy Awards Oscars red carpet dress

Congrats Mila! You made it on my favorite looks list for each award show this season and definitely are my #1 pick for Oscars Best Dressed!! Mila literally rocked out award season and there literally isn't a look I wouldn't wear that she sported this season. This Elie Saab gown is no exception. I still literally can't get over how sexy yet feminine the lavender lace and chiffon gown is! Her dainty Neil Lane diamond and platinum earrings, bangle and cocktail ring gave made it ultra feminine. The nude python clutch gave it a modern edge. She is young after all!

2) Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Hailee Steinfeld Marchesa 2011 Academy Awards Oscars red carpet dress

Hailee is one to watch! While I am personally campaigning for her to be named the rough around the edges Katniss Everdeen in the forthcoming Hunger Games movie, I can't deny her absolute glamour and poise throughout all of award season! Her custom Marchesa creation (she actually helped design it) is perfectly age appropriate and just ethereal and gorgeous. She looks like the perfect little ballerina princess doesn't she? The adorable headband and topknot hairdo work perfectly with the ultra femme blush-colored dress. A heart shaped Fred Leighton ring and silver clutch with bow detailing make it young and fun!

3. Mandy Moore in Monique Lhullier

Our third pick, Mandy Moore, is quite a surprise because I really don't ever like her looks on the red carpet! I was pleasantly surprised with her Globes look and even more excited about her Oscars look! This nude and embellished Monique Lhullier gown has a vintage vibe (reminds me of something a glam Betty Draper would wear) and is really quite feminine and flirty. I am a sucker for the embellishments. The dress is almost an optical illusion (doesn't the top almost look painted on?) but it works! Oversized 10-carat Chopard pave diamond earrings and orange-red lips give this look a 1960s vibe thats just perf!

My honorable mentions, Halle Berry and Natalie Portman , also looked gorgeous. But I want to know - who had your favorite look?

Fashionably Yours,

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oscar Weekend!

Oscar Weekend is here and as always I'll be tweeting all my "fashion feelings" when the red carpet goes live on E! at 6 pm EST tomorrow night.

The Oscars are the epitome of glam, and like Fashion Week itself does, sets the trends for the upcoming season. I'm so excited to see what some of my red carpet favorites will wear like Mila Kunis, Anne Hathaway, that cute little Haley Steinfeld and more!

In the meantime, here is a look at some of my favorite looks from last year! Make sure to follow my tweets @HollyBerness on Twitter and check back on BBB on Monday for my best dressed list!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Grammy's - Best Dressed

Oh, the Grammys!!! So much crazy fashion I was sure I didn't like anything (certainly did not like Lady Gaga in that stupid egg) but looking back there were actually a few standouts! My favorites from the night are below.

What did you think?

1) Jennifer Hudson in Versace

Jennifer Hudson at the Grammys

- J. Hud looked gorg (and oh so svelte!) in this navy Versace gown with silver embellishments.
- Her Christian Louboutin Buckled Heels and Neil Lane bangles keep the look fresh!
- Showcasing one of the biggest trends of the night - the asymmetrical hemline

2) Lea Michele in Pucci
LEA MICHELE   photo | Lea Michele
- Lea Michele showcased one of her best looks of all of awards season in a black Pucci dress with lace detail and platform patent Loubotin heels
- Her multi-colored jeweled Lorraine Schwartz bangle )pink,green, black oh my!) was fun and added a dash of color to the whole look. My favorite jewelry piece of the night...tied with Gwenyth Paltrow's hot pink feathered earrings of course!

3) Florence Welch in Givency Haute Couture
- Florence (without the machine) showed us what fun and funky Grammy style is all about in this sheer Givency gown that has a very vintage vibe. Very bohemian and just very Florence.
- A Lorraine Schwartz ring is the right amount of dazzle for the complicated design

As for my worst dressed, sorry Rihanna, but your puff of a gown reminded me of Christmas (or a cotton swab). I also disliked Gaga in the Egg (have I said this already?), Katy Perry in those Armani angel wings, as well as Guliana Rancic's overally complicated lace and satin dress. Sorry G!

Fashionably Yours,

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weekend Bling Grammy Style

The Grammy Awards, music's most prestigious, most fashionable night out, is all about being "over the top." Over the top performance and over the top fashion that is. Over the top is also the one phrase I'd use to describe today's daily bling from from luxe line and favorite of all (rock) stars, Alexander McQueen. This "koi tree" and skull ring is disruptive, aggresive, and pretty much all over the place. You can't help but thinking also, how cool, unique and interesting it is. And this is what Grammy fashion is all about.

To listen to my live "commentary" on all the looks on the Grammy red carpet this evening make sure to follow me on twitter @HollyBerness. I'll be posting my favorite (and least favortie looks) on the blog tomorrow, so also look out for that!

Fashionably Yours,


Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Her

Ahhh, Valentine's Day! The day of love! The day of roses. And chocolates. And what else? Well, jewelry of course! If you are looking for a chic gift for your girl this year - look no further than BBB! We breakdown our top gifts for her this Valentine's Day this year from luxe to less!

Tiffany Key Heart Pendant in Gold/ $850

The perfect "trendy" yet timeless gift from Tiffany's. The heart makes it romantic, the gold metal fashionable, and the little turquoise box? Priceless!

Judith Ripka Pink Crystal and Pave Heart Earrings/ $325
Judith Ripka is literally the queen of hearts. For a very special Valentines Day gift, get her something from Ripka's sterling silver collection. We love the pink gemstones because not only are they perfect for this holiday, but they are ultra feminine and will compliment all of the Spring styles.

A little Something
Gorjana Alphabet Charm Bracelet/ $40
Personalization makes any gift special and this dainty sterling silver bracelet from Gorjana is the perfect little something for V-Day. This would even be a cute gift for a son/daughter to give to mom! Get mom the kids initials instead of their own for something really special!

Fashionably Yours,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

SAG Awards 2011 Best Dressed

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were tonight and overall I was sort of disapointed. Glee didn't win anything, the fashion was sort of so-so and the show itself kinda boring.

That said there were still some stand outs on the red carpet. Two, of which, are fast becoming my award season MVPs and one, an up-and-comer I happen to have had the pleasure of meeting, and am always routing for!

1. Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen
Mila Kunis
- In one of the big trends of the season "red-orange"
- With a gorgeous $300,000 Cartier Tiger Cuff
- Second "best-dressed" list she's appeared on this season

2. Heather Morris in Romona Keveza
Heather Morris(2011 SAG Awards)
- Gorgeous nude tulle and chiffon Romona Kevaza Gown
- Swarovski Crystal clutch pulls the feminine, ethereal look together

3. Claire Danes in Louis Vuitton
Claire Danes(2011 SAG Awards)
- In another printed dress! (go figure this would be a trend and I'd like it so much - really a coincidence I think..)
- With gorgeous hot pink lipstick and 1950s "Mad Men"inspired hair

And finally, an honorable mention to Natalie Portman who showed us what "pregnancy chic" is all about and is much improved from the Globes in this gorg. fitted gown by Azaaro and 2mill worth the Tiffany Jewels!

So, what do you think? Who were your best dressed at this year's SAGs?

Fashionably Yours,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Daily Bling - Saturday, January 29th

Kim Kardashian in Lorraine Schwartz

Red carpet season is in full swing! The SAG awards are tomorrow and I'm hoping to see some fun, bold, trendy jewelry on the red carpet. The SAG awards are definitely the more "casual" of the four biggies (GG, Oscars, Grammy and SAG) so it would only make sense our favorite stars and starlets mix it up and go less traditional with the jewels. My favorite designer who gets this look just right for the red carpet? Lorraine Schwartz. Schwartz is a favorite of young hollywood and her looks have been seen on the likes of Beyonce, Blake Lively, Lea Michelle and Angelina Jolie (who could forget those gorg. emerald earrings she did for her at the Oscars two years ago)! So how could I not pick a daily bling for SAG weekend from the unique and gorgeous design of Lorraine Schwartz!

As always, I will be live tweeting my thoughts and commentary on the fashion tomorrow evening beginning at 6 pm. You can follow my tweets @hollyberness and make sure to look out for my best dressed recap on Monday!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Best Dressed - Golden Globes 2011

How good were the Golden Globes last night? So many of my favorites were nominated and won! Glee, The Social Network and Black Swan to name a few! The fashion was also spectacular with very few stars and starlets disappointing.

Huge trends we saw on the carpet included emerald green, nudes/blushes, pink and red! We also saw a return of more dainty jewelry, from intricate diamond netting like necklaces, and feminine diamond drop earrings.

Hair and makeup was also fierce, and continued the "vintage" trend. We saw alot of french twists and full, wavy ponys and coiffs. Red/coral lips ala the original Barbie Doll (or Mad Men) was all the rage!

Of course, we had a few favorites! So below, we breakdown our top three looks of the evening.

1. Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive
Anne Hathaway - Golden Globes 2011 Red Carpet

- Rocking the "Pink" and "Retro" trends
- With Vintage Van & Cleef Arpels Yellow Diamond Earrings and Cocktail Ring, Roger Vivier Clutch and Brian Atwood Platform Heels

2. Mila Kunis in Vera Wang
Mila Kunis - Golden Globes 2011 Red Carpet
- Rocking the Emeral Green trend
- With Judith Leiber Clutch and gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz gold and diamond leaf motif cuff and earrings

3. Olivia Wilde in Marchesa
GG Olivia Wilde
- Sparkling nude gemstones on her gown help her channel the "nude" trend
- With Tiffany & Co Citrine Earrings and Gold, fierce, Christian Louboutin Shoe Booties
Special Note: She'd be our number one, if she did a bigger earring or cuff. Needed something too accessorize the look just slightly...

Fashionably Yours,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golden Globes Daily Bling!

It's Golden Globes Sunday! I can't hardly wait to see all my favorite stars from TV and film looking fabulous (and less than fabulous --- had to say it). Make sure to follow me on Twitter @HollyBerness for my up-to-the-minute thoughts, updates and coverage from the red carpet. And make sure to check back tomorrow am for my favorite picks!

And to hold you is some blingy-fun jeweler to stars Neil Lane to hold you over!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Daily Bling - Thursday, January 13

I love the lariat style of this Club Monaco necklace for Its got a fun hippie vibe that isn't too over the top and it certainly adds a little zest to a more simple silhouette, like the grey crew neck tee above.

Even though you can file this necklace under "boho chic," its got a wide appeal and would go with many weekend to work day looks.

The leather cord lariat necklace features quartz crystals and silver tone beaded fringe. It's $59 at Shop Bop!

Fashionably Yours,

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kim Kardashian's New Jewelry Collection Available NOW!

Belle Noel, Kim Kardashian's new jewelry line, is now available for pre-sale online at Singer-22! I think about Belle Noel, Kim's middle-of-the-road priced costume jewelry line (more expensive than her Bebe collection, but much cheaper than her Loren Jewels collection) as Kim's answer to the highly successful Nicole Richie's House of Harlow line. Our prediction for the line? Plenty of in-stores at Kitson and probably footwear and bags to follow.

We have to say, the Kardashians do know style, and the new Belle Noel Collection doesn't disappoint! My favorite piece in the new collection is the Honey Hexagon and Black Leather necklace ($95), which can be viewed below on Kim herself. Its sort of a harder, cooler, younger version of a John Hardy or Yurman design.

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian Honey Hexagon and Black Leather Necklace

Kim's Belle Noel Collection is available for pre-order now at, so run over there and check it out!

Fashionably Yours,